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Candy Dulfer

Grammy nominated Dutch saxophonist and vocalist Candy Dulfer has been performing since age seven, leader of the band Funky Stuff since age fourteen, an international recording artist since age nineteen, and has toured world-wide since age twenty.

Dulfer has recorded and / or performed with numerous noted artists such as Prince, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Van Morrison, Maceo Parker, Beyoncé, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Larry Graham, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Cliff, George Duke, Blondie, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Angie Stone, Tower of Power, The Time, Alan Parsons, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Joey DeFrancesco, Jonathan Butler, Mavis Staples, and the list goes on and on. Perhaps just as impressive is the thought that even jazz sax legend Sonny Rollins may be counted among Candy's fans and has commented favorably upon her work.

In 1989 "Lily was here" - her first collaboration with former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart - was a Number 1 hit all over Europe. In 1999 they worked together on the soundtrack of the Robert Altman motion picture Cookie's Fortune and in 2002 they toured Europe with Stewart's new project Da Univerzal Playaz, featuring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.

Candy Dulfer's solo debut album Saxuality (Arista, 1991) sold over a million copies worldwide and was nominated for a Grammy. Her fourth album For the love of you (1997) was a major hit in the USA and remained in the Billboard charts for more than forty weeks. Sales of Dulfer's solo albums now total well into the millions worldwide.

Dulfer appeared with Prince in the Partyman video, was featured on the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack, and performed with him on a special anniversary edition of Saturday Night Live. In 1998 and 2002 she once again toured with Prince, appeared on his 3-CD live box set One Nite Alone... Live! (Npg, 2002) and performed on his internet-only album Xpectation (Npg, 2003).

She again joined Prince in 2004 for the massive Musicology tour, playing over ninety shows in sell-out arenas across the USA to more than 1.5 million excited fans. Prior to the Musicology tour Dulfer performed with Prince and Beyoncé at the prestigious Grammy Awards and also performed with Prince on Jay Leno's Tonight Show. She was featured prominently - with sax and vocals - on Prince's hit album Musicology (Sony, 2004), including the smashing duet "Life 'o' the Party".

TV appearances include Jay Leno's Tonight Show, Good Morning America, CNN's Showbiz Today, Saturday Night Live, The Sinbad Show, and a recurring spot on The Arsenio Hall Show. Dulfer has also appeared on numerous major television shows in Japan. Her European TV appearances include Ohne Filter, The Harald Schmidt Show, Rockpalast and Pepe Linhardt.

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